More than likely, you have a film that you loved watching when you were a child but when you got older, you really watched it and recognized it had some rather disturbing issues. It could’ve been an evil creature, the death of the parents (which is shockingly common) or any number of different issues. When you take a fresh look at some of those classic films for children, it may make you wonder if you will let your own children watch them.
Many of us remember watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer when we were children. It first aired in 1964 and became an instant Christmas classic. When it was recently shown on CBS, Twitter caught on fire with disturbed adults who were watching the film with fresh eyes.
First of all, perhaps something that shocks most people is the fact that there is some serious bullying that takes place. Twitter user @La_Shea was quick to point that out:
Mom watching Rudolf the red nose reindeer:
"that's child abuse" 😂😂
— LaShea (@la_shea) December 12, 2014
As it turns out, it isn’t just the other reindeer who are involved in the bullying. His own parents treat him poorly and his dad mocks his son at one point because of his nose.
Even Santa Claus shows some meanness, prompting one user on YouTube to post clips of the film entitled “Santa Claus the Jerk.”
Coach Comet is somebody else that mocks Rudolph and even allows the other children to mock him. He refuses to allow the deer to play in any reindeer games, even though he has some nice skills. All of this is because Rudolph has a nose that is a different color.
Kimberly O’Neill is another Twitter user who tweeted about his bullying.
The Reindeer games coach on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer movie was a bully!!!
— Kimberly O'Neal (@kloneal2) November 27, 2013
When they finally get to the island of Misfit Toys, they meet a bird who is not able to fly. You would think that he would have a happy ending but in reality, something disturbing happened.
Let it be known that the toy bird that can’t fly gets murdered by one of Santa’s elves during the end credits of #RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer. Gotta give credit to @RalphGarman for pointing this out to me. pic.twitter.com/qGNcevXXxl
— Keith ONeil (@ThatKeithONeil) November 28, 2018
During the credits, one of Santa’s elves tosses the bird out of the sleigh. Didn’t he remember that the bird can’t fly?
Some people are also saying that there is a larger message associated with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer that is quite disturbing as well. A harmless and innocent creature is bullied because he looks different. When his ‘difference’ later becomes useful, they decide to allow him to be part of society. It isn’t because they realize that they were wrong to treat him unfairly, it is because they wanted to exploit what they could.
This Tweet shows that twist on the plot:
Rudolph telling Santa to shove his request is my secret fantasy
— ShilohRickGrimesRoslin (@ShilohRoslin) November 28, 2018
In the end, we will all need to make up our minds if it is a good movie or not but at the very least, we may never see it the same way again.